Welcome to Florence Inferno, both a blog containing information on the events occuring in Florence and an events guide on what’s happening in the city in terms of music, art, cinema, markets, and much more. In this post, we are providing you with information on events occurring over the next two weeks, from Friday, November 27, until Thursday, December 10, 2015.
This week you won’t want to miss the Florence Marathon, happening on Sunday, November 29, a marathon race around all the city. Along its 42 kilometers and 195 meters, you will be surrounded by cultural attractions, such as Piazza della Signoria, Ponte Vecchio, and Piazza Santa Croce. Year after year, thousands of athletes and enthusiasts from all over the world come to participate in this classic race on the last Sunday in November!
We make a special mention of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, on December 8, a National Holiday. This day is marked by celebrations and processions. On this day, many Italians put up Christmas trees and other holiday decorations, and throughout the city, there are Christmas markets and events.
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Friday, November 27, 2015
Indian Wedding in Piazza Ognissanti. An extravagant event will take place in Florence. In fact, the city has been chosen as the location for the luxurious wedding of the son of an oil magnate based in Dubai. Florence has released new regulations on the private use of piazzas, and the married couple paid one hundred thousand euro for the use of public land and 58,000 euro for the restoration of the fountain in Piazza Santa Croce!
Florence Winter Park, a snow and ice attraction in the park near the Obihall. This is a place where one will be able to ski, skate, and slide on the Arno river! In addition, there is a wide variety of bars, restaurants, kiosks, and children’s entertainment nearby. Open daily. Until March 6, 2015. Ticket price: € 10/6/5.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Santa Maria Novella: 80 Years as the Gateway to the City at Santa Maria Novella Train Station. A permanent exhibit of archival photographs mounted on old train schedules to celebrate the opening of the station. The exhibit was curated by the Giovanni Michelucci Foundation, named after the station’s head architect.
Info: Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Film screening at Odeon Cinema. The Martian (USA, 130’) – by Ridley Scott with Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain. During a manned mission to Mars, Astronaut Mark Watney is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. Original language. Starting at 4.45 p.m., 6.45 p.m., and 9 p.m. Ticket price: € 8.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Sunday, November 29, 2015
Florence Marathon, the 32th edition of the international classic road race, the second most important marathon in Italy, after Rome, and the 20th in the world!
The race spans 42 kilometers and 195 meters along the streets of Florence, surrounded by art, history, and culture. Thousands of athletes from around the world come to participate in this race. After the race participants can enjoy the Marathon Party. Starting at 9.15 a.m. Ticket price: € 70/60.
Sandwiches and wine at All’Antico Vinaio. Popular with Florentines and foreigners alike, the small sandwich shop is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat and wash it down with some local wine.
Info: Via de’Neri 65r
Monday, November 30, 2015
The Florence Inferno Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. A full-day walking tour of Florence inspired by Dan Brown’s latest novel Inferno. Enter some of the most amazing, mysterious, and famous places in Florence. The tour starts at 9.15 a.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/guided-tour/
50 Days of International Cinema at Odeon Cinema. The festival provides a place for films to be screened that are not normally accessible to the general public. In addition to the screening of the film, various producers and directors will speak to enrich the cinematic experience. Movies will be in the original language with English & Italian subtitles. Until December 13th.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
New Opera del Duomo Museum. A magnificent museum comprising the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, Brunelleschi’s Dome, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the Baptistry of San Giovanni, the Crypt of Santa Reparata, and the Opera Museum. Here you will find some of the most important works such as Michelangelo’s Pietà.
Info: Via della Canonica, 1
Gusto Visivo at Da Vinci Restaurant on the first floor of Eataly Firenze. Sara Lovari and Antonio Massarutto, talents in contemporary art, present their own works of art. Until Genuary 31, 2016.
Info: Via Martelli 22R
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Weihnachtsmarkt at Piazza Santa Croce. This is a German Christmas market where, just like a nordic market, you can find stands with decorations for Christmas trees and homes, and Christmas cakes such as Stollen accompanied by the restorative Glühwein (mulled wine). Until December 20, open every day.
Info: Piazza Santa Croce
Uffizi & Accademia Tour in One Day organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Set in the afternoon to avoid the crowds, it is a fascinating walking tour of the two most famous museums in Florence: the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery. An experienced guide fluent in the English language will ensure that you experience the best that each gallery has to offer by providing an historical and artistic path among each of its astonishing masterpieces. Starting at 2 p.m. Tour price: € 75 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/uffizi-and-accademia-tour/
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Divine Beauty from Van Gogh to Chagal and Fontana at Palazzo Strozzi. The exhibition sets out to explore the relationship between art and religion from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century. The exhibition will be hosting over one hundred works by well-known Italian and international artists such as Domenico Morelli, Gaetano Previati, Felice Casorati, Gino Severini, Renato Guttuso, Lucio Fontana, Emilio Vedova, Vincent van Gogh, Jean-François Millet, Edvard Munch, Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst, Stanley Spencer, Georges Rouault, and Henri Matisse. Until January 24, 2016. Hours of operation: 10 a.m. until 2 a.m. Ticket price: 10/8,50.
Info: Pizza Strozzi; +39 0552645155; http://www.palazzostrozzi.org/
Rich aperitifs, drinks, and live music at Rex Café – An original pub with decò vintage-kitsch furniture. Rex Café is a reference point for Florentine nightlife. Starting at 7 p.m.
Info: Via Fiesolana 25r; www.facebook.com/rex.firenze
Friday, December 4, 2015
The Florence Photography Adventure Tour organized by Florence Inferno and Termetour. Discover Florence with your camera and with a professional photography teacher and a great Florentine guide at your side. Photography workshop & tour: 1-hour class + lunch break + 4-hour photography tour. The tour runs every day. Starting at 12 p.m. Tour price: € 139 per person.
Info and booking: https://www.florenceinferno.com/photography-workshop/
Aspettando il Natale (waiting for Christmas) at Obihall. Market exhibition in support of the Croce Rossa Italiana. Proceeds from the market will be used exclusively to support people in need in the Florence area, to provide them with clothes and food throughout the year. Until December 6, 2015
Info: Via Fabrizio D Andrè
Saturday, December 5, 2015
Jeff Koons in Florence at Palazzo Vecchio. An exhibit showcasing some of the most famous masterworks by Jeff Koons, the prominent American artist. Until December 28, 2015. Hours of operaton: every day from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Info: Piazza della Signoria; museicivicifiorentini.comune.fi.it/palazzovecchio
Luch, aperitif, or dinner at Hard Rock Cafè in Piazza della Repubblica. Authentic American Cuisine in a Rock n Roll environment. Whether you want a legendary burger, great live music, or traditional tea. Open every day from breakfast until late in the evening.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Firenze Capitale 1865-2015. The Gifts and Collections of the King at the Gallery of Modern Art in Palazzo Pitti. The exhibition celebrate the 150th anniversary of Florence as the former capital of Italy, in particular, the period in which the Florentine palace became the home of the Savoy family and King Vittorio Emanuele II. Until April 3, 2016. Hours of operation: Tuesday to Sunday, 8.15 a.m. until 6.50 p.m. Ticket price: € 13/6.50.
River to River Florence Indian Film Festival at Odeon Cinema. The only Italian festival entirely dedicated to the Indian film production the River to River Film Festival, for six days of screenings, takes the audience to discover the culture of a country full of charm and contradictions, and includes exhibitions and meetings with directors and actors.
Info: +39055214068; www.odeonfirenze.com/
Monday, December 7, 2015
The Prince of Dreams: Joseph in the Medici Tapestries of Bronzino and Pontormo at Palazzo Vecchio. The exhibition features 20 16th-century tapestries commissioned by Cosimo I de’ Medici for the Sala dei Duecento. It is the first time that all the tapestries have been displayed together since the unification of Italy. Hours of operation: 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Ticket price: € 12. Until February 15, 201
Nextech at Fortezza da Basso. Electronic Music Festival with a great DJ set: Hris / Iebing, Gregor Trescher, and Gabry Fasano. Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: deluxe € 50/regular € 32.
Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Today is a National holiday in celebration of the Immaculate Conception, which, according to the teaching of the Catholic Church, is the solemn belief in the Blessed Virgin Mary. Christmas season officially starts on this day. In Florence’s historic center, a large Christmas tree is decorated and lighted in Piazza del Duomo, and the Nativity scene, known as Presepe, is re-created with life-size statues near the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore.
Many markets take place as of December 8, where you will find various kinds of gifts, furnishings, food, and wine, such as the Fierucola dell’Immacolata at Piazza Santissima Annunziata, a traditional market with typical products and local crafts.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Jan Fabre: Knight of the Night at Galleria il Ponte. The Belgian artist known for his affinity for science and metamorphosis presents a selection of works created between 1997–2013, including the 2004 film Lancelot, pieces of armor and weapons covered in beetles. Until December 18.
Info: Via di Mezzo 42b; +39055240617; www.galleriailponte.com
Florence Opera – Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi at Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Theatre. Conducted by Zubin Mehta, with William Friedkin Orchestra e Choir of Maggio Musicale Starting at 8 p.m. Ticket price: 100/80/60/35/20/10.
Thursday, December 10, 2015
A Palace and the City at Museo Salvatore Ferragamo. The Museum Salvatore Ferragamo will hold an exhibition dedicated to the history of the century-old building in which it was established. It will contain works of art and documents of great prestige from museums and private collections from around the world. Until April 3, 2016. Hours of operation: daily from 10 a.m. until 7.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 6.
Info: Piazza Santa Trinita, 5r; www.ferragamo.com/museo
Peter Hook and The Light at Viper Theatre. The band will offer songs from the two albums of Joy Division “Unknown Pleasures” and “Closer”, and Hook will also perform the repertoire of the New Order. Starting at 9.30 p.m. Ticket price: € 17.
Info: Via Pistoiese 319
Picture: Florence Dome by night